Millions of women with unresolved menopausal-like symptoms, even those taking estrogen, may be suffering from undiagnosed thyroid disease. While symptoms such as fatigue, depression, mood swings, and sleep disturbances are frequently associated with menopause, they may also be signs of hypothyroidism.
A survey done by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists showed that only one in four women who have discussed menopause and its symptoms with a physician was also tested for thyroid disease.
The thyroid plays a role in regulating overall body metabolism and influences the heart, brain, kidney, and reproductive system, along with muscle strength and appetite.
If you are experiencing symptoms of menopause and the symptoms persist despite appropriate therapy, ask your doctor to do a thyroid screen. Just a blood sample is needed to make the initial diagnosis of hypothyroidism, and treatment is easily achieved with thyroid replacement therapy.
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